Thirty Second Doom

Retro genre flicks are proliferating at the moment — and the next in line is a retro scifi serial, made to replicate the sort of thing often seen before cinema features. They were melodramatic and action-packed, cheaply made and ending in a cliffhanger (so you’d come back next week to see the following episode).

Thirty Second Doom includes a cool robot and here is a test sequence filmed to run the retrobot through his paces:

Weird Robot War

Check out this robot war. It’s also sound based, like the one a few posts back

Classic Robot Art

In these pictures, fine art paintings and sculptures have been manipulated (using Photoshop) to represent the artistic endeavours of a robot world (what is referred to as “Borgged Art”). They were created as entries in a competition.

Robot Crusades by”monkeyknife” (click on this one to get a bigger view)


Robo Thinker by “Redbull_UK”


ModaLisa by “spaceship222”:


ikon by “DeVersion”:


There are many more in the Worth1000 Galleries: Gallery 1 and Gallery 2



This is Robot-13. He’s the main protagonist of a cool new comic by Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford. Robot-13 struggles with ontological issues and wanders the world seeking answers to the perennial question: “Who am I?” He also wants to know WHY he is — though in the meantime he feels an impulsive need to defend humanity against giant mythological monsters.

Find out more about him on Undead Backbrain.

Cyborg Insects


Sydney-based conceptual artist Dean Christ has been building what he calls his UBYKA ARMY™. It is, he claims, the new evolution of bio-warfare: “a glimpse of a near future of hyper-aggressive and high-tech cyborg insect weapons to establish a new world order…. Their mission: eradicate the human race and bring peace to planet earth. This was not called genocide. It was called recalibration.”



“At the turn of the 21st century, the Pentagon’s D.A.R.P.A (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) advanced biomechanics into the UBYKA phase – machine-insect interfaces by placing micro-mechanical systems inside the insects during the early stages of metamorphosis.

These UBYKA cyborg animals were superior in strength and agility, and enhanced with the latest technology including self-mending nanotechnology.”


Great stuff! And they’re for sale.

Check out the full range, and their specifications, here.

Ditko’s Robot War

Comic artist Steve Ditko and Mort Todd produced a one-page comic series under the name Robot War — for Cracked Magazine (remember that?). It’s a robotic version of the Spy vs Spy strip that appeared in Mad. Here’s an example from issue 225 (1987):


Horse of Steel

This bit of retro robotic silliness is pretty cool, eh?


Why Can’t Robots Question Their Creator?

Apparently one of the questions asked by director Jeffrey Lau in his upcoming “sci-fi romantic comedy”, Metallic Attraction: Kungfu Cyborg — which features a very large robot — addresses the robot’s concerns regarding his own ontological meaning. It is a question that directly affects mankind in relation to AIs generally, as the not-very-divine Creator of a potential new species.


Check out more info on the film here.

Non-RAM Robot Wars 101

These sport-oriented Robot Wars — hosted by Craig Charles (aka Lister) from Red Dwarf and celebrated in a particularly memorable episode “Mettle”) of the Simon Pegg-Nick Frost sitcom Spaced (1999) — are not like RAM’s performance-art Robot Wars. In a small way, though, they lie behind the iconography of Robot War Espresso, even though memory of them didn’t enter my forebrain until after the story had acquired its title.

RAM’s robots are, of course, generally bigger than these — and where the machines of the televised Robot Wars are part of a sort of Fight Club mentality, RAM’s impractical creations are inspired by the sheer perversity of their creator’s aesthetic sensibilities and deviant worldview.

RAM’s Playground is coming to your town!